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Project by poospleasures posted 285 days ago 1202 views 7 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw the very nice briefcase shown by DBinESCON and some of the other jocks which made me think to show this one. Been making these for a number of years. Like so many things they have gotten better with practice. Many years ago Charlton Heston was making a speech at Fort Knox. They were looking for a very different gift to present to him. They asked me to make a wooden briefcase. I was honored to do so. It was walnut with shell casings as the feet and a rifle stock sawed in half longways glued to the outside. It was a lot more heavy than the ones now. He really liked it. The case pictured weights 3lbs &8oz, is a finger jointed walnut case and walnut plywood sides. There is cherry pockets an holders inside. Handle is walnut and maple laminated. The brass hardware is getting kinda expensive at about 65.00. I only make a couple of these each year now. I put some stuff in to give you an idea of the size. Thanks for looking.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning. Vernon





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 285 days ago

Very cool briefcase ,good job.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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HillbillyShooter

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#2 posted 285 days ago

Very nicely done, and like your wood interior—very original.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Drew - Rock-n H Woodshop

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#3 posted 285 days ago

How cool is that? I have seen attempts at wooden briefcases before and they don’t have quite the classiness and finish that this one does. Great job!!!

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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Farrout

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#4 posted 284 days ago

OK, that’s my next project.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I should be a genius!

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mbs

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#5 posted 284 days ago

Cool Case. you did a great job.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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Roger

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#6 posted 284 days ago

Super awesome, V. Way kool!!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 284 days ago

OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love it…............................Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Rick

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#8 posted 284 days ago

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Sharing!

Rick

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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Francois Vigneron

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#9 posted 284 days ago

A very original idea for a Xmas gift. I love it.

-- Francois Vigneron, Gif-sur-Yvette, France & Altadena, CA

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Farrout

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#10 posted 284 days ago

What thickness plywood did you use for top and bottom?

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I should be a genius!

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Fishinbo

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#11 posted 282 days ago

Awesome briefcase! Great build and wood combo. Like the wooden interiors, very cool. Excellent job!

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helluvawreck

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#12 posted 282 days ago

This is a beautiful piece of work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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poospleasures

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#13 posted 278 days ago

Thanks for your praise. Of course it is why most of us do our best to gain it.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning. Vernon

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